The Opioid Epidemic: The Impact of COVID-19 and Resulting Effects on Organ Transplantation
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "30th Annual National Conference" held virtually Sept. 29–30, 2021.
The incidence of opioid-related deaths and nonfatal overdoses rose dramatically in 2021 during the peak effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, driven by increasing psychosocial stressors and worsening of mental health problems associated with social distancing, quarantining, job losses, and fear of infection. The combined effects of the pandemic and rising overdose-associated death rates impacted the organ transplantation field, resulting in both increased availability of donor organs such as heart and kidney and reduced access to transplant procedures and care. Examine the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and the opioid epidemic, how these phenomena have affected donor organ supply, and the projected implications for transplantation in the near future.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals who are interested in organ transplantation.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Define the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health issues.
- Describe trends in opioid use, abuse and overdose during the pandemic.
- Explore the resulting influences of COVID-19 and the worsening opioid epidemic on donor organ availability and transplantation logistics.
- Predict the potential future effects of the opioid epidemic on the field of organ transplantation.
Nader Moazami, MD
Professor, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
NYU Grossman School of Medicine;
Chief, Division of Heart and Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support
NYU Langone Health
New York, NY
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Eden Prairie, MN
Matthew Cooper, MD
President Elect, UNOS
Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Medical Director, Transplant QAPI
Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute;
Professor of Surgery
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Clinical Activity Manager
Eden Prairie, MN
Alan N. Langnas, DO, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, Center of Transplantation
Chief, Section of Transplantation,
Department of Surgery
University of Nebraska Medical Center;
Director of Liver Transplantation
C. Fred LeMaistre, MD
Senior Vice President, Market Operations
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Crystal Wong, MD
Propoint Medical Writing
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CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
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This activity is approved for .75 contact hour(s) ([0.075] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn .75 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-21-350-H01-P/T
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- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
- 0.75 AMA
- 0.75 ANCC
- 0.75 APA
- 0.75 Attendance
- 0.75 CCMC - General
- 0.75 CDR
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